He's been on YouTube for less than a quarter of a year and already he's raking in a massive fan-base with his unique blend of tongue-in-cheek comedy and catchy, upbeat, commercial pop music. I, Tay Stayness (or Tay to his friends and fans) is a master of the subtle humor that he blends in with blatant celebrity references, drawing upon the inspirations of fellow YouTuber's 'johnnyboyxo' and 'chriscrocker''s penchant for capitalizing video titles of well-known pop heroes and heroines. He recently got on the phone with Betty Wetty to talk about all things "stayness".
Betty Wetty: So, has sudden internet fame taken you by surprise?
I, Tay Stayness: Hell yeah! No, not really, I guess I've felt that sharing my gifts (as I call them!) with other TigerHeads (as I call them!) was almost written in the stars. I've always reckoned I could take the world by storm!
BW: You seem almost too sure of yourself!
ITS: Well, I just think it's good to be self assertive, it's a good quality, I reckon.
BW: And the singing, is that your natural voice?
ITS: Of course! I enjoy singing, actually, so its always good fun in "the studio".
(At this point I hear what sounds like a tea cup falling off a table)
BW: Are you alright, Tay?
ITS: (laughs) Yes I just spilled my cuppa on the carpet, oh well! Where were we?
BW:(giggle) I was just about to ask, Do you always wear the Tiger suit or does it actually come off?
ITS: Yes it does come off, in the shower, tigers don't seem to enjoy water as much as they make out! And sometimes at night when its hot.
BW: Outside of music and internet comedy, what else would you like to see I, Tay Stayness achieve?
ITS: I reckon TV, maybe Children's TV even, would be real good fun! I'd like to give the kids a few lessons about life and WILDlife!
BW: Ambitious boy! Have you had any offers yet?
ITS: Oh, you know what it's like on YT (sic: YouTube) the minute you show up on there, virtually all the major stations are badgering you, but so far, I've resisted!
BW: You've resisted your very own TV show? That sounds unlikely.
ITS: No, I really have! They offered upfront cash, plus a percentage, but I wasn't really interested in it.
BW: Was it too little?
ITS: No, it was just their ethos. It wasn't really the direction I was interested in. But, as they say, more things "will come along"!
BW: I love your positivity, it's almost infectious!
ITS: Like my songs!
Tay's new single "The Strength of a Tiger" is out now, with the music video on his Youtube channel at www.youtube.com/itaystayness - Betty Wetty writes for "Is This Music" e-magazine and indulges in local Lincoln entertainment.